Carpet Court clean-up, Bulls rampage

Division 2 had a series of great run performances.- Game 1: Carpet Court (210) def. Woolpack Hotel (154)- Game 2: Paragon (7/92) def. Home Decor (89)- Game 3: Oriental Bulls (3/212) def. Barbarians (92)All three games went ahead in Mudgee Cricket’s 2ndDivision, after a few weeks of difficulties, including the closing of grounds after the freak storm.
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The first game to kick off the full round was Carpet Court against the Woolpack Hotel at Glen Willow.

Carpet Court won the toss and elected to bat first, and although Justin McCarney fell just 19 runs in, opener Adam O’Connell set 87.

Josh Sandry’s position at third paid off as well for the Carpet Court, as he collected 69 n.o., and a late 23 from Lachlan Rayner finalised 210 runs in the first innings.

Woolpack’s run chase was a little slower, with both openers falling for a combined 42, and the middle-orders’ best was Brody Stewart’s 37, and they fell short by 56 runs.

MitchSandry’s triple wickets in five oversto close out proceedings highlighted the bowling in Carpet Court’s victory, as he allowed only 27 runs total.

The next game for the weekend was played at the Gabba 1, where Home Decor and Paragon Hotel had a tight contest that came down to the wire.

Decor’s innings saw four ducks as Paragon’s bowlers set to work, but it was Laharu and Nutley taking fifty runs between them.

It just wasn’t enough, with the next highestcoming from TerranceRoach, as he was run out for 12.

The class performances for Paragon in attack came from T Crouch and T Ward with two wickets each, but J Crookson’s 4/8 in 5 overs was the defining core of their offence.

In the end, Home Decor set 89 for Paragon to chase, and looked to their bowlers to slow the innings.

Paragon started slowly and gave hope to Decor, as the first four batsman collected just fifteen runs between them, but J Toohey’s turn, fifth in the order, made life a bit more difficult for them.

A clean half-ton for Toohey shot Paragon to within touching distance of the run chase set by Home Decor, and even as Laharu completed his hat-trick against O’Reilly (7 runs) and Greg Reid (2 runs), there was nothing they could do.

Paragon Hotel finished with 92 runs for seven wickets, and while Laharu was the stand-out bowler, C Hargraves came close with 2/6 in 4 overs –the least runs allowed byone bowler in the match.

In the final match of the day, the Bulls took off, rampaging to 212 runs off forty overs, and losing just three wickets along the way.

They batted first, with the Mahons opening proceedings, and the choice proved deadly against the Barbarians.

M Mahon retired at a half century, allowing the rest of his batsman a chance to set the score, but it wasn’t until 111 runs deep that their rampage was stopped.

G Lawson, seventh in the order, had other plans however, and with the Mahons laying the groundwork he smashed another 41 to shoot the Bulls to the over-200 score.

Sutaria was the best of the bowlers, recording two downed wickets.

The Barbarians were going to have to fire up to catch the set 212, and Graham Sibley (32) and Josh Kerev (13) set off in the right direction.

The chase faltered there however, with three ducks and two counts of 7 combining for a total of 14 runs from five batsman.

The chase wasn’t helped in the slightest by the bowling of O Mahon and C Whale, with hat-tricks for both, and the Barbarians recorded only 92 runs –a slight bit short of the win.

Mudgee District Cricket 2016/17, Round 14.

Saturday, February 4, 2016.

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1pm: Paragon Hotel v Ori Bulls, Glen Willow

1pm: Home Decor v Woolpack Hotel, Walkers 1

4pm: Barbarians v Carpet Court, Victoria Park (D/N)

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